DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A teachers' organization wants DeKalb County to cut the school year by as many as four days to help ease the burden on teachers already facing larger class sizes, more furlough days and a cut in benefits.
Under the latest budget framework hammered out by DeKalb school board members Tuesday night, teachers would receive an additional two furlough days added to the four they already have. According to Schutten, they would also have larger class sizes and would lose $50 a month in health and dental care subsidies.
Still, Schutten said the cuts could have been much worse.
"It's about a
Chris Murphy is a
"I just think it's unfair," said Murphy. "If we're going to ask teachers to work harder, it's going to be unfair to them. They're not going to give
Murphy lives in DeKalb County and faces the double-whammy of seeing furlough days coupled with a school board proposed one-mil property tax hike.
"At the end of the day, when I have to go grocery shopping, or I have to do this, I got to cut my budget and do what I have to do to survive," said Murphy. "And then they're going to take money away from me? It just hurts the teachers. I mean, their morale just goes down."
Murphy worries the cuts might motivate some other teachers to give less in the classroom.
"They're not going to work hard," said Murphy. "They're going to give
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